The insignia represents a round maroon fabric patch.
In the center of the patch there is an image of a black bat on the background of the MIA emblem – a golden shield and a silver sword with a golden grip up.
At the top of the sleeve patch there is the Division’s abbreviation “ODON”. The lower part contains the functional identity of the military unit: “Operational Reconnaissance.”
The key to the symbols:
The bat – the official symbol of military intelligence and some parts of the Special Forces since 1993.
The shield and drawn sword – a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the security and armed protection.
Maroon – the color of MIA Special Forces.
Silver – the color of the purity of thought.
Golden – the color of generosity.
The objectives of the Division are to protect the public order in Moscow and the Moscow Region, to fight against terrorism and extremism, in wartime – to protect important public objects.
Up to the February 1994 the Division was called the Dzerzhinsky Separate Motorized Rifle Division of Special Purpose.
Despite the fact that after the reorganization the reference of F.E. Dzerzhinsky’s name disappeared from the official name of the Division, among the people, especially the civilians of the older generation, it is still called the Dzerzhinsky Division, or simply “Dzerzhinka.”
The Division is fully motorized and mobile. It is in constant combat readiness. Within a short time its units can be transferred by air to anywhere in Russia to perform unexpected tasks.
The units of the Division took part in special operations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Central Asia, North Ossetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.
They took part in the hostage release operation in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater Centre.